Category Archives: Corporate Law

A Modern Approach to Cybersecurity & Privacy in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement

As was noted in a companion blog by my colleague Jen Sanford, the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada-Agreement (USMCA) covers a wide range of trade issues between these nations.  We are particularly….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Guest Post: The SEC/Musk/Tesla Settlement: The Dawning of a New Era of SEC Internet Enforcement

John Reed Stark  As I detailed in a post at the time (here), on Thursday last week, the SEC filed a securities fraud enforcement action against Tesla Chairman and CEO Elon Musk in connection with his now infamous tweets, in which he said he had “secured” funding to take the company private at a substantial premium over the company’s then-current share price. On Saturday, September 29, 2018, the SEC announced in a press release (here) that it had reached a settlement of the action with Musk, as well as in a separate action against Tesla filed simultaneously with the settlement. In the following guest post, John Reed Stark, the President of John Reed Stark Consulting and former Chief of the SEC’s Office of Internet Enforcement, takes a look at the SEC’s enforcement actions and settlements with Musk and Tesla and provides his insight about what these developments may signify as far as the SEC’s enforcement posture regarding communications….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Evaluating the representation of women in the M&A industry

Is M&A still a male dominated industry? Back in its 2011 article, Reuters referred to M&A as a “man’s game”. They found that only 15% of executives and senior level managers in US investment banking and securities dealing industries were women. A 2011 survey found that 83% of female finance executives perceived the glass-ceiling to be a very real and prevalent factor preventing them from moving forward. Further there were a small number of women graduating from business schools choosing to enter the financing and accounting market – nearly half the number of the men in the recruitment process. As of 2016, the representation of women in M&A was improving but still dubbed “sparse” by a Forbes report. The number of CEO positions on the Fortune 500 list rose from 2.2% in 2011 to 5% in 2016. The report found that there was no longer a shortage of women in entry level M&A positions, but the hurdle was in moving up the chain. In….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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3 Reasons to Have an Estate Plan for Your Business

If you are a business owner, it is important that you have a carefully crafted estate plan for your business. Since we can’t predict the future, you want to know that that the business you’ve invested years of time, work and money into will be taken care of. An estate plan for a business ensures that in the event of your death, all affairs pertaining to your business will be handled according to your predetermined plan. Many smart business owners rely on the expertise and knowledge of attorneys when dealing with estate planning, wills, and trusts to safeguard their companies from financial loss and even potential sale. You may want to pass your business down to your children, spouse or other family members or you may want to sell it. Whatever you wish to do, having an estate plan in place can help avoid large tax implications and unanswered questions as to who should take over. Why you need an estate plan for your business Here are a few additional reasons that make….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Estate Planning Checklist

When it comes to estate planning, you can never be too careful and detailed. The more detailed and proper your plan is, the more confident you can be that your beneficiaries are taken care of and your assets do not fall into the wrong hands.   So, to make your estate planning easier while making sure that you’ve done everything necessary, below are all the points that will take you in the right direction.   List out all your valuable physical and non-physical items To make things easier for you, make a thorough list of every valuable item (usually items whose is more than $100) that belongs to you. These may include your home itself, vehicles, laptops, T.V and audio system, jewelry, power tools, collectibles and more. What you consider valuable is entirely up to you.   Secondly, make a list of all non-physical assets that are valuable to you like things that belong to you on paper. These include bank accounts, IRA assets, 401k plans, brokerage accounts,….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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